We’ve discovered some works by influential Victorian children’s illustrators in our special collections. The period from around 1880 to the early twentieth century was known as the Golden Age of children’s illustrated books. During the Victorian age literacy improved and children were encouraged to read for pleasure. Childhood was often romanticised in children’s books.
We have work by three prominent illustrators in our collection. Kate Greenaway was a trained graphic designer and artist who started her career designing holiday cards. She later specialised in illustrating children’s books. Many of her illustrations accompanied nursery rhymes and the characters she drew often wore Regency costumes.
Since 1955 CILIP has awarded an annual honorary medal in Kate Greenaway’s memory for outstanding illustration in a children’s book.
A Day in a Child’s Life (1881) with music arranged by Myles B. Foster was illustrated by Greenaway. The songs tell the story of a child’s day from waking up to going to bed. The illustration of playtime shows the attention to detail and choice of delicate colours.
Walter Crane was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and worked in collaboration with William Morris. He also drew highly colourful and detailed illustrations for nursery rhymes and children’s books. The Baby’s Bouquet is a companion to his earlier book Baby Opera. Many of the rhymes are in French and German.
The beautifully illustrated design below accompanies the rhyme Buy a Broom.
The final item is In Fairy Land (1870) illustrated by Richard Doyle. Doyle was involved with the Punch magazine for a number of years and designed the cover for the first edition. He later illustrated children’s books and was fascinated by fairy tales.
In Fairy Land was his most important work for children with its attention to detail and focus on the elf world.
We hope you enjoyed this selection of items. If you’d like to view them or anything else in our collections, please get in touch to book a visit Records and Archives
^Posted on behalf of Caroline Blundell, Records and Archives
Post edited 17.6.19 to update link to Records and Archives centre.
Librarians are here, even when they are not here!
Many of you may be familiar with the drop-in support offered by librarians via our Help Desks. Supporting your referencing or database search queries. Well, did you know the library also offers a CHAT facility and maintains a database of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)?
So, if you find you are at home, the Help desks are closed or it is a bank holiday and you cannot access a library in person, then remember your library is still here for you.
CHAT – If you want advice or help with any of the resources provided by BCU libraries, visit Live Chat to ask your question, staff are available 24/7. Enquiries could be answered by BCU staff or by a librarian from another university.
FAQs – Want to know how to print from your laptop? Book a study room? Write a reference list? Request a book or journal article that the Library doesn’t have? For answers to all of these questions and many more, just go to FAQs, available now on the Library homepage.
You can access both Chat and FAQs via the library website – online supports at your fingertips.
^Posted of behalf of Fid Bleasdale, Customer Services
2019 has seen many aspects of Library & Learning Resource’s (L&LR) work recognised both by the University and externally.
At the start of 2019 L&LR retained the externally validated Customer Service Excellence Award. The Service is now compliant or compliant plus in all but one of the 57 elements.
As Enid Pryce-Jones, (Deputy Director L&LR) commented, “It is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all L&LR staff and the engagement of our partners in BCU – without them there would be no accreditation.”
In April it was fabulous to see colleagues from L&LR achieving recognition at BCU’s CFO Awards:
- the Library Relocation Team won the CFO Portfolio Team Award for Student Transformation – relocating Education from City North’s Kenrick Library to Mary Seacole Library
- the Curzon Library Customer Services Team won in the Generosity of Spirit Award for their work helping students and staff who use BCU Library
- the Stock Management Team (Mary Seacole Library) were nominated in the Continuous Improvement Award category, and finally,
- Colleagues from the L&LR Collections Team were nominated within the Student Transformation Award.
All fantastic achievements. “It really does prove what an excellent service we provide.” (L&LR SMT)
And there’s been more…
In the recent BCU Extra Miles Award 2018/2019 the Library Staff Team were shortlisted for the Team of the Year Award alongside a nomination for Librarian James Dean, shortlisted in the Professional Services Staff of the Year category.
Quite a year so far, I think you’ll agree, demonstrating that “The L&LR work hard to meet customer needs and deliver services.” (L&LR SMT).
^Posted on behalf of Fid Bleasdale, Customer Services.
Spring is just around the corner and we can look forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our gardens.
We’ve chosen some items from our special collections with a garden theme. All of the items are from our collection of art treasures.
This delightful image is of a design for Attingham Park, Shropshire by Humphrey Repton. Repton was a landscape gardener in the eighteenth century, widely considered to be the successor to Capability Brown. He produced a series of Red Books to show clients what he envisaged for their park. The books are beautifully illustrated with watercolours and explanatory notes. The pictures have overlays to show ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of the park.
Each month Library staff put on a drop-in event and this month’s theme is Employability.
As a BCU student you are working towards becoming a professional graduate at the end of your degree and beyond. The library has many resources for your course and those relating to knowledge transfer, coaching, mentoring, leadership, health and wellbeing to enhance your employability skills.
Come and find out more at one of the drop-ins below:
|Mon 18 March
||12pm to 2pm
|Tue 19 March
||Margaret Street Library
||12pm to 1pm
|Wed 20 March
||10am to 12pm
|Thu 21 March
||Vittoria Street Library
||12pm to 1pm
Take a look at the university Career+ pages too for information on careers and employability.
^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services Librarians